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Jim Lehrer and KERA’s Lee Cullum

Journalism icon Jim Lehrer was a cherished part of our public broadcasting community who held a special connection to North Texas.

In 1970, Lehrer helped change the news landscape as executive producer and editor of KERA’s pioneering public affairs program, Newsroom. His early success with KERA led him to host numerous national news programs, including The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and The NewsHour. He also moderated 12 presidential candidate debates.

The Jim Lehrer Roundtable honors Jim’s proud legacy in the world of journalism and recognizes donors who generously give an annual gift of $10,000.

Please join The Jim Lehrer Roundtable or renew your support today! Contact Nancy Saustad, Vice President of Major Gifts, for more information regarding your membership, giving-level benefits and tour opportunities.

Giving Level and Benefits


  • Minimum two exclusive events featuring national and local producers, personalities and reporters
  • Two special mailings with gifts selected by KERA Senior Staff
  • Recognition online and in the KERA/KXT print newsletter
  • Complimentary tickets to select KERA and KXT events
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of KERA and KXT studios
  • KERA Member Rewards Card — good for savings at performances, restaurants and other venues across North Texas
  • KERA Passport — extended, on-demand access to hundreds of hours of your favorite public television programs
  • Personalized donor service


While we are unable to meet in person, we want to continue to connect virtually. Please see below for information about upcoming virtual events and to watch full event recordings of past virtual events.

▸ Virtual Event with Lee Cullum and Kevin Moriarty on Thursday, April 15 at 11:30am

In partnership with Sewell Automotive Companies, we hope you are able to join us for a meaningful interview featuring Lee Cullum, Journalist, in conversation with special guest, Kevin Moriarty, Enloe/Rose Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center.

To reserve your spot, please register at

▸ Virtual Event with Bill Young on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30am

We’re delighted you’re here! This virtual event will feature Nancy Saustad, KERA Senior Vice President of Major Gifts, and Bill Young, KERA Vice President of Television Programming as he gives a sneak peek into the upcoming fall television schedule.

To reserve your spot, please register at

Previous 2021 events:

▸ Virtual Event with Lee Cullum and Laura Wilson on Wednesday, February 10 at 11:30am

In partnership with Sewell Automotive Companies, we hope you are able to join us for a meaningful interview featuring Lee Cullum, Journalist, in conversation with special guest, Laura Wilson, Photographer.

Previous 2020 events:

▸ Virtual Lunch and Learn with Bill Young, Vice President of TV Programming

August 18: Bill Young, KERA Vice President of Television Programming, shared a sneak peek of our fall lineup, plus details on how KERA TV is supporting students and families at home.

▸ KXT Virtual Event

June 18: Virtual Q&A and Special Live Performance. We compiled fun facts about our KXT hosts and their recommendations for your at-home music discovery journey — view them here.

▸ All Hands On Deck: Leading Staff During The Time of COVID-19

May 18: Virtual Q&A and Moderated Discussion


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Contact: Nancy Saustad, Vice President of Major Gifts, (214) 740-9346

Major Gifts Department
North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.
3000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75201

North Texas Public Broadcasting is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization registered in the state of Texas. Your contribution may be fully tax deductible.